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National Theatre of Costa Rica

Pearl of the Pacific, temple of art

The National Theater of Costa Rica, is a prominent cultural landmark located in the heart of San José, the capital city of Costa Rica. It is considered one of the most important and beautiful theaters in Latin America. It is a cherished cultural institution in Costa Rica, attracting locals and tourists alike. Its architectural splendor, rich history, and diverse artistic offerings make it a must-visit destination for those interested in the arts and culture of Costa Rica.

The National Theater of Costa Rica offers you the service of guided tours in Spanish and English.

You can enjoy guided tours, from Monday to Sunday, from 9 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon every hour. Our guides are trained to inform you widely. Groups are maximum 25 people. The visit to the National Theater has a cost of ¢2,000.00, children under twelve years of age, nationals or foreigners, DO NOT pay. The price for foreigners is  ¢3,500.00. National seniors pay   ¢1,500.00  

It is of our special interest to serve you, if you represent an educational center (preschool, school or college), travel agencies or any organization dedicated to the integral development of people who require some special planning, you can request the tour in advance by filling out the online form that we make available to you and that you will find in this same section later on.

If you require more information, contact our Operations and Services Department, by phone at 2010-1142 and 2010-1143 or by email at  uboleteria@teatronacional.go.cr


Q History

The idea for the construction of a national theater in Costa Rica originated in the late 19th century when coffee exporters and intellectuals sought to establish a cultural center that would showcase the country's artistic and musical talents. Construction began in 1891 and the theater was officially inaugurated on October 21, 1897.

Q Architecture

The Teatro Nacional is renowned for its stunning architecture, which reflects the neoclassical and European influences prevalent during the late 19th century. The facade features intricate carvings and sculptures, while the interior is adorned with luxurious furnishings, elaborate frescoes, and a magnificent ceiling mural painted by Italian artist Aleardo Villa.

Q Main Hall

The theater's main hall, known as the Sala Principal, is a grand and opulent space with a seating capacity of approximately 1,040 people. It is characterized by its ornate décor, including gilded moldings, plush red velvet seats, and a large crystal chandelier. The acoustics in the hall are excellent, making it ideal for various performances, including orchestral concerts, operas, ballets, and theatrical productions.

Q Foyer and Other Spaces

The Teatro Nacional features a spacious foyer adorned with marble floors, mirrors, and bronze sculptures. This area serves as a gathering place for patrons before and during intermissions. Additionally, the theater houses a smaller hall called the "Alberto Cañas Escalante" Chamber Hall, which is used for chamber music concerts, recitals, and smaller-scale performances.

Q Cultural Importance

The Teatro Nacional is not only a venue for artistic performances but also a symbol of Costa Rican cultural heritage. It has hosted numerous renowned national and international artists, including musicians, dancers, and actors. The theater is also a venue for cultural events, festivals, and conferences, contributing significantly to the country's artistic and intellectual scene.

Q Guided Tours

Visitors to San José have the opportunity to take guided tours of the Teatro Nacional. These tours provide insight into the theater's history, architecture, and artistic legacy. Visitors can explore the main hall, foyer, chamber hall, and other areas of the theater while learning about its cultural significance.